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    Giardullo, Joe / Zingaro, Carlos “Falling Water (Live at Mae de Agua)” [Drimala Records]

    Okay so this duo is really a trio, as the setting for the
    sound steals a lot of the scenes. Recorded in an ancient
    aqueduct in Lisbon, the amazing depth of this dank palace
    alters the timbre of Giardullo’s saxes and especially
    Zingaro’s violin to make this album often seem like it is
    a communication between hyper-intelligent galactic whales.
    Also riding with the extended reverb is fun, so lots of
    times a note will drone into a sea of sustain. Slap the
    violin’s body and listen to it careen around the cavern
    (check #5 for some of that, maybe it is also the fluttering
    of Giardullo’s fingering). There are still flights of more
    fanciful playing, but the sound comes more often in streaks
    rather than flurries. And as such, it is really a wonderful
    release. A lot of modern jazz has musicians treating their
    instruments and deviously working to pull new sound from
    them…the ingenuity of “Falling Water” was to let the
    situation instill the strangeness. It is often difficult to
    discern who is creating what sound. And that is tremendous!
    It would be interesting to hear a recording of just the
    instruments, sans the nine-second shadow of reverb, interesting
    but not as worthy. Immerse…

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 10, 2005 at 12:37 am
  • Filed as CD,Format,Jazz
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    What a beautiful description of the music, Hunger. You are exactly right about the setting demanding that we be absolutely “in the moment”. There was no choice but to be present with the sound. And…. it was exciting to try to match up my soprano, alto sax and piccolo timbres with Carlos’ violin. Even as we played it was difficult to tell which sound was me and which was Carlos. I’m grateful that stations are playing the music and that people who rarely listen to free music are hearing the truth in what we did on July 4, 2003.
    Thanks for listening. And, btw, Mae D’Agua is an almost temple-like space. Don’t miss it if you’re ever in Lisbon. Joe Giardullo

  • Comment by Joe Giardullo, March 18th, 2005 6:37 pm

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